With the inaugural edition of the Download Festival in Melbourne done and dusted, you may well be feeling some post-festival depression right about now! The feeling of loss can be acute, but never fear – we have some amazing tunes from right here in your own backyard to headbang the pain away! Remember, these bands all made it into OVERDRIVE MUSIC MAGAZINE’s Heaviest 100 for 2017, so they’re among the best our Great Southern Land has to offer.
DEVIL ELECTRIC (VIC)
Slow, dark and haunting, Devil Electric pick up the bass-driven groove cues of stoner Metal bands and cult classic acts like Black Sabbath, but don’t let that comparison lure you into complacency – this is not a band you’d want to get stoned to with its insidious riffs and ever-threatening presence. Listening to this band is like being alone in the woods at night – you never know what’s quite around the corner. That being said, there is a lilting siren voice luring you ever deeper and further away from home in the person of Pierina O’Brien, while bassist Tom Hulse is ever vigilant in providing an underlying sense of the ominous. Christos Athanasias’ guitars and Mark Van De Beek’s drums can become almost jazzy at points, but invariably return to a chilling heaviness that really sets Devil Electric apart.
CHECK OUT DEVIL ELECTRIC’S MUSIC AT THEIR BANDCAMP HERE!
IN HEARTS WAKE (NSW)
In Hearts Wake take a genuinely heartfelt and emotive approach to Hardcore music, with powerful riffs provided by Ben Nairne and Eaven Dall, Jake Taylor’s stirring vocals and grooving drums from Conor Ward. Kyle Erich holds it all together with a distinctive bassline that really stands out. In Hearts Wake present great musical diversity in their songs, traversing the spectrum of traditional Metal and the various “core” genres to deliver a unique experience that leaves conventional players across genres behind. Their sound is at once modern, and mindful of the traditions that had led to the band’s existence.
CHECK OUT IN HEARTS WAKE’S WEBSITE HERE!
Majora provide modern and majestic Progressive Metal that is at once beautiful and tremendously heavy, cosmic and scope yet rooted in earth and ocean. The sound is led by the dual guitars of Josh Pascoe and Jared Phillips, but that’s not to underestimate the solid foundation of bass and synths, all of which are provided by Chris Hoole. This fascinating sonic landscape is completed by drummer Kirk Hamilton-Ritchie for an entirely instrumental experience that is passionate, dramatic and climactic. Few other instrumental bands have as much sense of narrative as Majora, and for this element alone they are worth serious and attentive listening.
GET YOUR HANDS ON THE APHOTIC’S MUSIC AT THEIR BANDCAMP HERE!
Deeply heavy and sometimes even discordant, Nucleust provide music that is not for the faint of heart. The band take Progressive stylings to a place that is arguably as heavy as anything that Meshuggah has approached, while at the same time adopting Shannon Marston’s conspicuous clean vocals alongside his growls and screams that reach out to an entirely different place. As expected with a self-styled “extreme progressive” band, Giuliano Macri’s drumming is of particular note, with mind-bending time signatures and eyebrow-raising complexity. Nucleust are by no means easy listening, but one cannot deny the sheer level of technical virtuosity in their compositions.
CHECK OUT NUCLEUST’S WEBSITE HERE!
TRIPLE KILL (VIC)
Triple Kill are one of Australia’s greatest contributions to the current Thrash canon, despite the fact that they’re still such a young band. From their very first show supporting Valhalore, Triple Kill were turning heads – be it through the catchy riffs of Anthony Commane and Daniel Mackie, the hook-laden drumming of Connor O’Keane, or bass with real presence provided by Efun White. Perhaps above all these things though, is the hilarious stage persona of frontman Rodney Goolagong, who can break even the most serious of Metalheads out of their shell to make Thrash fun again. Make no mistake, these guys can go from deadset evil to ridiculous in a matter of moments, making for one of the most enjoyable stage shows in Australian Metal. Triple Kill are simply a must to see live.
CHECK OUT TRIPLE KILL’S MUSIC ON THEIR BANDCAMP HERE!